Galley Girl: The Pleasure Edition

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In 1982, psychologist Carol Gilligan's book about adolescent girls, "In a Different Voice," became an influential international bestseller. In 1996, TIME named Gilligan, by then a Harvard professor, one of the 25 most influential people in the U.S. In May, Knopf will publish Gilligan's new book, "The Birth of Pleasure," which Kirkus calls "an intellectual tour de force." According to Gilligan's publisher, her new book "explores the ways that humans experience and express love. Tracing a lineage from classical mythology to our own intimate relationships, Gilligan shows us why love between a man and a woman is so often burdened by a history of loss and how it can be freed and opened to the pursuit of happiness. Gilligan draws on her own interviews with couples and children — as well as Shakespeare's plays, Freud's case histories, the diary of Anne Frank, and the novels of Hawthorne, Proust, Toni Morrison, and Michael Ondaatje — to offer a radical new map of love." In June, Gilligan will become a faculty member at NYU, in the schools of education and law.


In February, Hyperion plans to publish a book that will make women wince: "Cad: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor" by Rick Marin, a former senior writer at Newsweek and former reporter for the New York Times Sunday Styles section. According to his publisher, "After a doomed marriage dissolves into divorce, journalist Rick Marin goes from devoted husband to serial dater, and embarks on a sort of rampage, dating and sleeping his way through the ranks of New York's women. Marin's behavior becomes increasingly ungentlemanlike — in fact, he becomes something of a cad. In this finely written, wildly entertaining, and alternately humorous, obnoxious and poignant memoir, Marin takes us down with him into the depths of what he calls 'bachelor hell,' and then back up again and eventually into the arms of a new love."


Bestselling author James Patterson, with co-writer Peter de Jonge, turns out yet another hefty novel, "The Beach House" (Little, Brown; June 10). PW calls it, "a slick, vastly enjoyable yet far-fetched thriller — i.e. typical Patterson. Its hero is a Columbia University law student, Jack Mullen, who's out to avenge the death of his younger brother, Peter, found dead on the Amagansett, L.I., property of the immensely wealthy Neubauer family, a few miles from Jack and Peter's Montauk home. The cops say Peter drowned; a glance at the corpse tells Jack that his brother was beaten to death...FORECAST: Patterson might as well have called this one 'The Beach Novel,' because it's the hardcover people will be reading at the Hamptons and elsewhere this summer. His planned five-city author tour will only help sustain its inevitable position atop bestseller list." Naturally, Patterson's publisher is grateful to this cash-register-friendly author. A few weeks ago, we went to a lavish Little, Brown dinner at Le Cirque in Patterson's honor. Foie gras, anyone?


  • In April, Holt/Metropolitan will publish "Elvis in Jerusalem: Post Zionism and the Americanization of Israel" by Tom Segev. PW says Mazel Tov, giving the book a starred review. "Segev presents a startling and necessary view of contemporary Israel: it is a place so Americanized that the old Zionist collective identity has been replaced by individualism and consumerism; it is a place of ethnic and religious turmoil where traditional Israeli identity has become painfully fractured...Zionism has been a success, Segev argues, and its time is past. But, he admits sadly, 'Palestinian terrorism seems to push Israelis back into the Zionist womb.' Indeed, this may not be the best time for Segev to receive a fair hearing, but this slender book will be indispensable to anyone trying to understand current events in Israel and the Middle East."

  • According to St. Martin's, "For nearly a decade, Anton La Guardia was the Middle East correspondent for the Daily Telegraph of London. In 'War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land' (May), La Guardia has provided a thoroughly unbiased examination of the centuries-old struggles endured by Israel and Palestine. After the tragic attacks of 9/11, most Americans have been asking, "Why do they hate us?" The answer, several centuries in the making, surrounds how the U.S. involvement in the Middle East, as a close friend of Israel and a strong business partner with the Arab world, has left this country in the same no-win situation Israelis and Palestinians have found themselves in for hundreds of years."


    Does anyone want to get into the ring, intellectually speaking, with Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammed Ali? In June, her self-help book, "Reach! Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power," written with coauthor David Ritz, will be published by Hyperion. Laila now boasts an undefeated 10-0 boxing record. Personally, Galley Girl prefers shopping to allowing others to punch her in the face, but hey — whatever turns you on.


    PW is intrigued by "Yet a Stranger: Why Black Americans Sill Don't Feel at Home" (Warner; May) by syndicated columnist Deborah Mathis, whose work appears in USA Today. "Forty years after the civil rights movement, not only does racism still exist but it's become even more insidious for having gone underground, argues Mathis. This more virulent strain of discrimination, less blatant, and therefore harder to confront, pervades American society to the extent that black Americans feel defensive and uncomfortable in their own country."


    PW predicts a noisy reception for "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich" by Kevin Phillips (Broadway; May 14). "The influence of money on government is now, more than ever, a hot political issue. With a grand historical sweep that covers more than three centuries, Phillip's astute analysis of the effects of wealth and capital upon democracy is both eye-opening and disturbing...Lucidly written, scrupulously argued and culturally wide-ranging, this is an important and deeply original analysis of U.S. history and economics. FORECAST: Filled with tables and graphs and a rather dense text, this may be more talked-about than read, but talked-about it will be by commentators and pundits." Says Kirkus, "Sturdy economic history with a heavy dash of social criticism — and, as many conservative critics have said before of Phillips, excellent ammunition for liberals."